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One of Lazaris' suggestions for April  is to work with understanding, and toward this end, I have been pondering the ideas of greater understanding. I have been working with the components to have understanding and to reach into the realm of being an understanding person. I mean, I feel that I am an understanding person in many ways, but I also feel that it is an ongoing process. Are we ever finished with expanding our capacity or our depth of understanding? I don't think so. So I have been pondering and musing about the process.
The process for having greater understanding and for being a more understanding person is the same. "The steps of getting there are the qualities of being there." (Lazaris). It begins with owning our resistance and moving beyond those apprehensions and impedances. Much of this involves being conscious of our fears: fears of change, commitment and vulnerability, and fears of the discomfort of looking ignorant because we lack understanding. Our impedance may involve genuine lacking: lacking awareness of and technique for understanding. Sure, using understanding or the lack of it as a manipulative tool creates resistance as does focusing more on being understood than upon being understanding. Owning and moving beyond our resistance is where it begins, and this first step is a familiar one at this point. It's easy with consciousness and choice.
Forgiveness is the second component. To have greater understanding we need to forgive ourselves and others, and we need to use forgiveness to lift our emotional resonance from wherever it is to the expansive level. We need to rise at least to a level of satisfaction and well-being. When we do, we reach beyond understanding into the realm of greater understanding. It seems to me that we can understand things, even ourselves and others, in the depths of fear and anger and even in states of pity or worry and doubt. But to have greater understanding, a keener depth of understanding, I feel that we need to at least have a sense of well-being. That resonance is critical, I think.
The third step of any process is the one that can bind us, imprison us, or at least slow us down. In this process that third component is awakening compassion. To be more understanding, to have greater understanding, feeling compassion seems obvious. Perhaps it is, but it's no less important just because it's obvious. We can feel caring; we can even feel compassion: however, the component is to awaken it. Hum ... it seems to me that this involves being present and in the moment with our compassion. It seems to me we can't rest upon our previous experiences or expressions of compassion. Instead, I think we need to awaken it in the moment. If we can't do that, I don't think we can take our current level of understanding to a deeper more profound level even if we move beyond our resistance and open to forgiveness. It's not just about having or feeling compassion, it's about awakening it. I am not sure I have seen the difference before now.
The fourth component is an elegant step from awaking compassion to stepping into the Magic of Compassion. It sounds abstract, but instead I think it's mystical: that is, I don't think we can define that magic with words, and I don't think we can get there on our own or in some logical fashion. Lazaris suggests we let our soul guide us. So I think once that we awaken our compassion anew, then we reach out and embrace our souls and allow our souls to lead us into the resonance (beyond form and beyond function) of compassion. That's where the magic is. Oh my, yes. The Magic of Compassion cannot be found within logic and reason. We have to be willing to step into and reach beyond each. We need to move from our realm of certainty into the realm of uncertainty. Thus the fifth component unfolds.
The fifth component of any process is the liberator and in this case it is called awakening uncertainty but it means to awaken knowing without certainty. This step can liberate the entire process. It is awakening uncertainty that can set us free to have greater understanding and to be an understanding person. Lazaris talks about knowing with certainty. It's important. It's valuable. It's powerful. We need to know all sorts of things with certainty. And beyond such knowing there is another kind of knowing: knowing without certainty.
For a long time it was difficult for me to wrap my arms around this one. It all fell into place for me (at least for now) when I realized that knowing without certainty and being uncertain are two very different things. Knowing without certainty is not being unsure or uncertain. Knowing without uncertainty is rock solid. Ironically, it is more solid and more powerful than knowing with certainty. Knowing with certainty relies upon logic and reason. It relies upon facts and memory. Knowing without certainty reaches beyond logic and reason, and it reaches beyond memory.
I think an example of loving works well. When I love someone, I have my reasons. There is logic and reason, and I am certain that I love them. I love people with whom I have varying degrees of intimacy. I love all peoples, humanity, humankind. Of these things I am certain and my knowing and understanding have certainty. However, there are others in my life whom I love, and I know a depth of love that is not uncertain -- no, not uncertain, but without certainty. With Enrique, I love with certainty, and I also love without certainty. Further, I am certain that he loves me, and I also understand and know without certainty that he loves me. The certain knowing is powerful, and the knowing without certainty is powerful. The latter is also unshakable. It is timeless. It is eternal. Therefore, knowing without certainty is more powerful than knowing with certainty. The key is to realize that "without certainty" is not the same as "uncertain." At least that was the key for me. When I can awaken uncertainty (awaken knowing without certainty), I am free to understand at a greater depth. Yes.
Listening is the sixth component. It's mystical listening. It's listening with other than your ears. Listening in this way seems to open us to a richer sense of comprehension, interpretation, discernment, and assessment. It seems to clear the way for inference, appreciation, and valuation (the final, often-forgotten components of basic understanding). When you are willing to know, when you are open to knowing without certainty, such listening comes more naturally. It comes with grace.
The final component: Own the Mantle of Understanding. This involves being still and being conscious of the weight -- of the responsibility -- of understanding. I think this involves honoring the majesty of understanding. It takes a moment, but that moment can, as Lazaris suggests, be forever.
So I work with this during April. The process begins and ends with ownership: owning resistance and owning the mantle. It opens to forgiving and listening. It requires awakening: compassion and uncertainty. It calls upon magic.
Personally, I focus on the third and fifth steps of compassion and knowing without certainty. In these troubled times -- and during this particular time, where it is valuable for us to "be cautious" -- working with compassion and with my knowing with and without certainty feels germane.
Anyway, this is what I've been thinking about. What do you think? I invite you to join me in "my corner" on the Forum to discuss this further if you would like. [s]
All right, all right. Well, indeed, a pleasure to be with you, a pleasure to be talking with you and to be looking into your world, and to welcome you, and to welcome you with all kinds of pleasure and all kinds of joy.
And tonight, a time of blending, a time of meditation, a time of contemplation. A tumultuous time in your world, that is so. A war, the obvious topic that is on all your minds and weighs heavily upon all your hearts regardless of your politics, regardless of how you experience this energy, a war that weighs heavily upon mind and heart, weighs heavily upon soul and spirit this night.
The Channel’s response earlier in the evening about the dawning of your day, about finding that voice as Magician, masterful magician, about raising your voice so that you can be heard amid the din … and you have both found that voice and you have been heard. You have changed the complexity, you have changed the nature – no, not perfectly.
So what is this war about? Last time, a dozen years ago, it was about a bully and how you respond, how you interact, with a bully. It was about a crisis of character, it was about a crisis of ego, it was about a crisis of success. This war, a very different war. And it is, we’ll put it quite succinctly, a shame that it has come to this. And all would agree. Those who are very supportive of the American administration, part of a coalition or otherwise, those individuals who are totally supportive would totally agree, it is a shame that it has come to this.
And those who are in opposition, in varying degrees, to such activity, however insightfully or blindly in opposition, would likewise agree, it is a shame. And there would be many who would want to blame. And others, more wisely, would want to look to where lies the fault … not whose fault is it, in that of blaming, but where lies the fault? It is a shame – the war is an issue of shame on all sides; how people respond, how humankind responds to shame.
Shame-based: You’ve worked with it personally. This, a shame of humankind. And the fault lies where? In humankind’s inability – we’ll say it as succinctly as we can – in humankind’s inability to build alliances. Humankind, relying upon the word “ally,” but not really developing alliances. Had the European Union, for example, truly built alliances, had the Western world – had the Western Hemisphere and the Western world really pulled together to create a viable alliance, a variety of alliances – no, not organizations, not labels – but not just allies but truly building alliances, then there could have been an alternative solution to what now is something that is this war around which everyone feels shame.
The failure, if there is, the fault lies in the inability to truly build alliances. And had alliances been fully built – over the last decade of years from 1992 onward, had alliances truly been built that were other than political gesturing or posturing – had they more solidly been built, then there would have been viable alternatives that everyone could have enjoyed. And it is a shame that it has come to this.
So what do you do about it? As you look into your shame, as you look into the shame that you personally feel around this war, how do you react? How do you respond? What thoughts? What feelings?
Some may be angry, some may be hurt, some may be scared, some may go into all states of self-doubt. When you look squarely into this countenance, when you look squarely into the face, when you look into the eyes of shame, what do you feel? What do you think? Feel those feelings, think those thoughts. Let yourself sift them and shift them, sort through them.
What beliefs and attitudes do you hold about shame? What choices and decisions do you make about shame? And in that shame – your shame, not other people’s, your own – in that shame, what do you do? How much do you punish yourself? How much do you throw yourself into self-doubt? How much do you ridicule yourself? Or how much do you forgive? How much do you forgive and work to heal yourself? How much do you release that shame? Ask for the help in lifting that shame? Turn to your very Soul, to your Higher Self, to your relationship with God/Goddess/All That Is, to your love, to lift that shame, forgive yourself, and heal yourself?
Yes, this war, it is a shame that it has come to this, and therein lie your clues, Magician, to the focus of your magic. No, you will not write the reality that there is no war, but you can still write the reality that this war – a shame that it has come to this – can lead you into that future, that future, that positive future of dreams and visions – that positive future, that virgin future untouched by human hand, rich with magic and miracles. How exactly, where exactly, what the form will be …
But as you can squarely face your shame, resolve how you deal with your shame, ask for help in its release, forgive yourself, and then direct all that energy that otherwise would have been lost in shame to the dream, to the vision, to the love, to the magic, to the miracles that you want to create. And you can let your voice, the voice of a magician, the voice of magic, be a part of the resolution of this war, of this shame, and part of what can follow in the years – in the months, in the years ahead.
With Love and Peace,
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